You Are Not Pretty


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A teenage girl writing beauty on a mirror in lipstick

by Janel Delgado, Senior Editor

Girls are constantly being told they are not pretty enough or good enough. They will be happy when they are skinnier, prettier, older, have a guy.

Girls see on social media the Victoria’s Secret models who everyone expects girls should look like. They see the girl with abs in a crop top, the Kardashians with big butts, other girls slathering on makeup, using filters.

It puts pressure on all women to use too much makeup to look “prettier”, put a filter on their picture to smooth out their acne, rethink what they are doing with their life because it isn’t “cool.” People only post what they want others to see of their life.

Well guess what? All of that is over rated. You are pretty just as you are. You do not need to wear gobs of makeup for a boy to notice you. You do not need to be skinny to be pretty. You do not need to look like a Victoria’s Secret model. God made you just the way you were meant to be.

Who cares if you have five thousand followers? Can you honestly say ten of those people are your close friends? No. Social media makes you obsessed with the imagine you have of yourselves and what other people think of you when what is really important is that you love yourself for who you are.

You will never be happy chasing after people to accept you for who they want you to be. It is okay to be who you are. It’s scary and nerve racking and uncomfortable but it is worth it. When you don’t have to live up to anyone’s standards but you’re own. That is what is important.

To all the girls who feel insecure and what others think of them has control over their lives, you are loved. People care about you and you matter in life. Do not sacrifice your sanity to please others. Do not try to imitate the person wearing a filter in real life. You don’t want to have to live in a filter because it sucks. Restricting yourself from what you say, do, wear, eat. You end up hiding and losing who you truly are.

To quote Dr. Suess, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”